Washington and Lee law professor James Moliterno is currently featured by the California Bar Journal. The piece follows a presentation to California’s State Board of Trustees. Professor Moliterno spoke about how the profession has failed to evolve or respond to change such as advances in technology and a globalized economy.
Read the full article from the California Bar Journal: Law professor: Attorneys must evolve with changing times by Laura Ernde
Find more work from Professor Moliterno about the legal profession here.
On March 6 and 7, 2014, Washington and Lee law professor James Moliterno will be engaged in meetings and presentations in Slovakia on the state of Slovak higher education. Professor Moliterno will participate in sessions with representatives of the prosecution service regarding a prosecutor’s code of ethics, with law faculty at Comenius University on academic ethics, and a with a group of reform-minded judges who have been trying to improve the state of the Slovak judiciary.
Also during the week of March 7, 2014, Professor Moliterno will be at the Instituto Empresa Law Faculty in Madrid to conduct a workshop on experiential education for the faculty and present a lecture to IE’s LLM students on the impact of Alternative Business Systems on global legal markets.
Read more about Professor Moliterno’s scholarship here.
Washington & lee law professor James Moliterno will present at the thirteenth annual Symposium on Legal Malpractice & Ethics at St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, TX on February 28, 2014. The symposium will feature discussion of practical issues that attorneys and judges face daily, as well as forward looking trends in the legal malpractice and ethics fields.
Professor Moliterno will present “Why Lawyers Do What They Do” reporting the findings of a survey conducted of Virginia lawyers. The survey asked lawyers about their motivations for doing things required by the ethics rules. Among the possible motivations were fear of bar discipline, fear of malpractice, to gain more clients and keep current clients happy, and to do the right thing without regard to the consequences.
Read more about Professor Moliterno’s work here.
W&L Law Professor Jim Moliterno recently participated in a workshop sponsored by U.S. AID’s East-West Management Institute to provide legal ethics training to lawyers in the Republic of Georgia. Prof. Moliterno is the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has a leadership role in W&L’s third year curriculum reform.
Prof. Moliterno has engaged in substantial international legal ethics and legal education reform work, designing new lawyer and judge ethics courses in Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. He has trained law professors in China, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia and Serbia. He has trained judges in Kosove and both judges and prosecutors in Indonesia. He has worked to revise the lawyer ethics code in Thailand and Georgia and lectured extensively on international lawyer ethics topics in Spain, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. He has prepared course materials that are in use in Serbia, Armenia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, and China.
Here are the announcements regarding the recent Georgian program:
|EWMI-JILEP and Georgian Bar Create Advanced Ethics Training Module
On February 7-8, 2014, EWMI-JILEP sponsored a workshop where members of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA)’s Training Center and selected lawyer-instructors, developed the next generation of lawyers’ ethics training. While previous courses developed with EWMI-JILEP assistance relied heavily upon hypotheticals created by JILEP ethics expert, Professor James Moliterno, the new training module is based on hypotheticals developed by Georgian lawyers and taken from Georgian legal practice.
Ethical dilemmas covered in the course include problems concerning lawyer-client privilege, conflict of interest, and lawyer advertising. To give an example, one hypothetical to be used in the course asks if the following advertisement is ethical:
The most experienced lawyers in criminal law will provide you with highly qualified services in the shortest time possible and resolve your case successfully. Contact us via telephone : xxx-xx-xx-xx. One phone call and we will be ready to give you our helping hand, and restore your violated right and give you peace.”
Professor Moliterno was present at the workshop and provided his suggestions for how the new course could be refined to ensure maximum impact upon lawyer participants. The course, mandatory for all bar members, will begin mid-February 2014.
Washington and Lee law professor Jim Moliterno was one of a small number of panelists invited to present earlier this month at an Aspen Institute Law & Justice Symposium on mass atrocities. The event was titled “Trying Atrocity Crimes: The Khmer Rouge Trials, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law; An Aspen Institute Symposium for Judges and Scholars.” Prof. Moliterno presented during a session titled “Recent Experiences from the Field.” His role was to situate his work on legal institution building within the context of prevention and remedy for atrocities.
Prof. Moliterno is an acknowledged international expert in legal ethics and professionalism and has traveled throughout the world to help countries develop ethics policies and training programs. He has engaged in substantial international legal ethics and legal education reform work, designing new lawyer and judge ethics courses in Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. He has trained law professors in China, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia and Serbia. He has trained judges in Kosovo and both judges and prosecutors in Indonesia. He has worked to revise the lawyer ethics code in Thailand and Georgia and lectured extensively on international lawyer ethics topics in Spain, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Nora Demleitner and Prof. Jim Moliterno present at Seton Hall Law School on Oct. 25 as part of a symposium titled “Legal Education Looking Forward.” Panelists at the event will discuss current proposals for revamping, revitalizing, and reestablishing the value of law school. Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association, will deliver the keynote address,
Dean Demleitner is participating in a plenary panel titled “Bold Approaches to Legal Education,” with Dorothy Brown, Vice Provost, Emory; Evan Chesler, chairman, Cravath, and David Lat, Above the Law. Prof. Moliterno is on a breakout panel titled “Law School: What Return(s) on the Investment?”.
Some of the questions the symposium attempts to answer include: Is law school still economically viable? Should it last two years instead of three? Would increasing “skills classes” increase preparedness? Could an apprenticeship program or post-graduate “low bono” service clinic give students a means of building experience in a tough legal market? Do we need the bar exam?
For more information about the event, visit the Seton Hall Symposium website.
Washington and Lee law professor Jim Moliterno was in the Republic of Georgia last week attending a forum on proposed legislation that would advance the independence of the judiciary. Proposals include life-tenure for judges and new selection procedures. In addition, he conducted a training workshop for the Ethics Commission and the Georgian Bar Association. Topics will include important, new cooperation between state prosecutors and defense lawyers and advanced ethics training for lawyers to follow the two years of more basic lawyer ethics training that he has designed, and amendments to the disciplinary procedures.
This week, Prof. Moliterno heads to Slovakia where he is consulting for the U.S. Embassy on judicial branch reforms and lawyer ethics in law schools. On October 2, he will present on judicial independence issues to a meeting of about 15 ambassadors and mission chiefs. Later that day, he will meet with business leaders to discuss the benefits of more advanced systems of lawyer ethics and judicial accountability. On October 3, he will participate in a forum on spreading legal ethics courses to several law schools in the country. And finally, on October 4, Moliterno will present to the Slovakian Judicial Academy on impartiality, independence, and ethics issues for judges in their dealings with media.